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Washington Shoreline Master Program Handbook: Appendix A – Addressing Sea Level Rise in Shoreline Master Programs

December 2017 Revision

The Shoreline Master Programs Handbook, developed by Washington Department of Ecology, provides guidance to help local governments meet the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (WAC 173-26, Part III). Appendix A of the Handbook directs planners on how to incorporate sea level rise planning into the broader framework of shoreline management planning.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Ecology

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan

December 2017

The National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Ipswich River Watershed Association, developed this adaptation plan for six coastal communities in northeastern Massachusetts (Salisbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Essex, Ipswich, and Rowley) that are in the Great Marsh and highly vulnerable to climate change. The report includes thorough reviews of vulnerability assessments of current and future coastal climate threats for the region and for each town. Near and long-term strategies that reduce risk and increase ecosystem and community resiliency are described for each of the six communities and regionally as well.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Taj Schottland, Christopher Hilke

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

November 27, 2017

This report describes natural infrastructure projects implemented in coastal California to support adaptive planning and solutions regarding climate-related coastal hazards. Five case studies of successful adaptation projects to address coastal issues are provided, demonstrating different strategies for varying coastal environments. The report makes the case that natural shoreline infrastructure is a better alternative to engineered structures such as seawalls that increase erosion. Natural infrastructure is more likely to preserve the benefits of coastal ecosystems which provide flood protection, recreation, wildlife habitat, water quality and more.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed

2017

This analysis assesses the current conditions and projected trends for the Narragansett Bay, a watershed that spans Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is home to 1. 95 million people. The research is the culmination of multiple years of study by universities, organizations, federal partners, and agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The results are presented in a shorter summary document and a 500-page technical report. In addition to other stressors including water quality and pollution, urbanization, and changes to habitats, the researchers look at the impacts of climate change now and in the future.

Related Organizations: Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Coastal Adaptation: A Framework for Governance and Funding to Address Climate Change - New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region

October 16, 2017

The Regional Planning Association (RPA) - for the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region - developed this report on coastal climate change adaptation strategies and governance - responding to climate impacts projected for the area such as sea level rise, extreme storms, and severe flooding. According to the report, more than 20% of the region’s municipalities (167) face a future of coastal flooding (either intermittent from storms or permanent from sea level rise). Along with the report, RPA is recommending a new Regional Coastal Commission to help implement adaptation solutions across state lines, produce a regional coastal adaptation plan, and “award funding from new adaptation trust funds” - among other goals.

Related Organizations: Regional Plan Association

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Landmark at Risk: Protecting the Historic Seaport of Annapolis, Maryland

October 2017

Utilizing GIS tools to overlay flood risk maps with Annapolis’ many historical sites, the interactive web-based resource help users to understand the threat to their community through images and story mapping.  Spurred by the state’s 2008 Climate Action Plan, which assessed what approach  (protecting, retreating, or abandoning) was most appropriate for coastal communities threatened by sea level rise, this tool brings together experts in planning, architecture, engineering, and historic preservation.

Related Organizations: City of Annapolis, Maryland

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Green Infrastructure Techniques for Resilience of the Oregon Coast Highway

October 2017

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) green infrastructure solutions for resilience documented in this report are the result of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored pilot project. ODOT analyzed how green infrastructure can help protect the Oregon Coast Highway (US 101) from the impacts of extreme storms and coastal bluff erosion. Through this study ODOT explored the use of nature-based design solutions to protect coastal transportation infrastructure from these climate enhanced impacts.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Coast Resilience Solutions for East Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts

October 2017

East Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts are coastal communities that face significant vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding. Created with the support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Barr Foundation, this report describes local climate risks, and provides short- and long-term resilience strategies for these areas. This is the first neighborhood coastal resilience plan to be implemented from the Climate Ready Boston plan and initiative.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM), Barr Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Incentive Zone Program for Municipalities

September 3, 2017

In 2017, New Hampshire passed a new law, New Hampshire Revised Statutes § 79-E:4-a, that enables municipalities to create a tax incentive program to encourage resiliency in coastal areas. Municipalities can establish “Coastal Resilience Incentive Zones” (CRIZ) in their jurisdictions to grant property owners tax relief for undertaking “resilience measures” for qualified properties or structures identified as impacted by storm surge, sea-level rise, or extreme precipitation projections.

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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PLAN Hermosa: City of Hermosa Beach, CA Integrated General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan

August 22, 2017

PLAN Hermosa, for the City of Hermosa Beach, California, sets the overall policies and priorities to manage its structural, environmental, social, and economic resources. Climate change is a priority issue addressed in the plan, with a focus on the impacts of sea level rise and extreme heat.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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